Notting Hill Director Casting the Sexiest FDR Movie of All Time

CastingRoosevelt150.jpgYou may never become the President of the United States, declare war on Nazi Germany or revive the economy from a Great Depression, but now you can play someone who has done all three things onscreen. Notting Hill director Roger Michell is searching for U.S. actors to play Franklin Delano Roosevelt, his distant cousin Daisy and his wife Eleanor for the film Hyde Park On Hudson, about the romantic relationship between FDR and Daisy. Michell hopes that the film, being developed by the UK's Film4, will begin shooting later this year. Casting suggestions encouraged below. [Deadline]


  • blizzard bound says:

    For FDR, Campbell Scott, maybe? You need someone tall. Some who could look aristocratic and patrician and rogueish all at the same time. I wish John Slattery were taller. He's got the right vibe, to me.
    If Daisy is the one who gave him the dogs (I get FDR's women all mixed up), I'd cast Cate Blanchett -- just because you can't go wrong with her. Or Tilda Swinton.
    And for Eleanor, I'd go against type and cast someone like Charlize Theron. And let her wear lots of makeup and find her inner intellectual.

  • Edly says:

    George Clooney. He's the only one who could do this particular take on FDR. You definitely could find someone better if you want something a bit more political and/or serious, but for romantic-lead greying guy, it'd have to be Clooney.
    'Cuz the whole idea seems kinda rediculous.

  • blizzard bound says:

    I almost wrote his name, but I thought he might just be too healthy looking, despite everything. I liked his gravitas and his strange every-man invisibility in The American -- that was a new side of Clooney the actor for me. I just wonder if he could be that combo of swagger and vulnerability that FDR was in private.